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24th May 2017
Westpoint Farm Vets launching Beef4Life

Westpoint Farm Vets are launching Beef4Life - a new consultancy service for beef farmers to maximise on productivity and profitability.

Why not join them t one of the following venues to find out more.

Date: Thursday 8th June 2017 | 6.30pm

Venue: The Pytchley Inn, High Street, West Haddon, Northamptonshire, NN6 7AP

Booking: Call 01327 872233 or email daventry@westpointfarmvets.co.uk

Date: Tuesday 13th June 2017 | 6.30pm

Venue: Dereham Hockey Club, Honeysuckle Drive, Greenfields Road, Dereham, NR20 3TT

Booking: Call 01485 609031 or email kingslynn@westpointfarmvets.co.uk

Date: Wednesday 14th June 2017 | 6.30pm

Venue: The Waggon & Horses, Main Road, South Reston, Lincolnshire, LN11 8JQ

Booking: Call 01485 609031 or email kingslynn@westpointfarmvets.co.uk

The meetings are free to attend and spaces will be allocated on a first come first served basis. A light supper and drinks will be provided.

These meetings are kindly sponsored by Zoetis

The contracts are open to both clients and non-clients and will be tailor made to your farm. Contracts are calculated on a per head basis and provide a complete service that allows you to pick and choose those that meet your needs and allow you to forward plan veterinary costs across the year.

  • Health planning
  • Pre-breeding checks in heifers and cows
  • Blood sampling for infectious diseases
  • Nutrition: analysis of home grown forages, ration formulation, dietary monitoring
  • Pneumonia investigation
  • Bull breeding soundness exams
  • DLWG monitoring: weigh animals using in-house set of scales, analysis of performance data
  • Pregnancy diagnosis
  • Post mortems
  • Implementation of synchronisation programmes

 

 

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23rd May 2017
AgriBudget from Kingshay

The Flexible Farm Finance Planner

AgriBudget, developed by Kingshay in conjunction with the Farm Consultancy Group, brings a refreshing simplicity and flexibility to planning the financial future of your business.

If you have a diversification like a B&B, property rental or livery stables running alongside your farming enterprises, AgriBudget was designed so that you can create an enterprise with that name and set a budget.

Budgets can be completed for periods of up to 5 years.

You can select from a full range of business reports to produce bespoke professional reports for your own use, presentation to the bank manager and so on. Reports include, profit and loss, flow of funds and balance sheet, cashflow forecast and enterprise gross margins.

It also provides you with the facility to monitor actuals against budget and review these on a month by month and cumulative basis.

AgriBudget is available in farmer only, 1-5 client or unlimited client versions. Consultants can manage the budget of several clients within one program, with the option to create several budget scenarios for a client. At every level client confidentiality is assured through secure login procedures.

For more information visit www.agribudget.co.uk , call Kingshay on +44(0)1458 851 555 or email agribudget@kingshay.co.uk

 

 

 

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13th January 2017
Avian Flu Prevention Zone

An Avian Influenza Prevention Zone that has been in place since 6 December will be extended until 28 February to help protect poultry and captive birds from avian flu, the Chief Veterinary Officer has announced. 

The zone requires keepers of poultry and other captive birds to continue to keep their birds indoors, or take appropriate practical steps to keep them separate from wild birds.

It covers England and similar declarations have been made in Scotland and Wales. There is also a GB-wide ban on poultry shows and gatherings.


To read more, click here 

 

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16th November 2016
Blowfly strike in sheep

Blowfly strike is the most common ectoparasitic infestation affecting sheep in the UK: every year up to 80% of farms will report one or more cases of strike, and this equates to at least 500,000 animals affected in the national UK flock.

Female adult blowflies are attracted to odours of sweat and faeces on the fleece of sheep, and their potential for multiplication of larvae (maggots) is accelerated in the warm and humid microclimate provided by fleece. Devastating welfare consequences and economic implications can arise as soon as twelve hours after the first flies land on the affected animals.

Damage caused affects wool clip, hide quality and daily liveweight gains, and can rapidly progress to fatalities within 36 hours. EBLEX estimates a cost to the English sheep industry of £2.2 million annually.

It's not over yet...

Traditionally, the peak season for strike would be between May and September, but as weather patterns change, the risk period may now extend later into the year: lowland flocks could be at risk any time between March and December. It is important to remain highly vigilant, even at this time of year.

Usually the first signs of infestation are discoloured wool and agitation, which will progress to depression. Common predilection sites are the breech, withers, shoulders and neck. However, it can also happen secondary to severe footrot. There is a substantial risk that affected sheep may become toxaemic and die; the prognosis is hopeless if greater than one third of the skin surface is affected. Treatment must be initiated as soon as possible to avoid such complications.

Recommended treatment

Affected sheep can be treated by plunge dipping in an organophosphate preparation, however it is usually more practical to treat individual animals with topical treatments.

The wool must be clipped away from the wounds, to beyond the margin between normal skin and infested discoloured skin: this will ensure that any unhatched eggs which lie around the margin are also removed. Clipping also disturbs maggots, to make them easier to manually remove.

Spotinor Spot-on Solution for Cattle & Sheep contains 1% deltamethrin, and is licensed for the treatment of established blowfly strike. It is recommended to be applied directly to the maggot infested area as soon as signs appear, and one application will ensure blowfly larvae are killed in a short time.

Your vet may also prescribe broad spectrum antibiotics and anti-inflammatories to help control pain, inflammation and secondary bacterial infection, which could if left unchecked result in toxaemia. Affected animals may require a course for as long as five days. If there are signs of dehydration, it would be prudent to consider administering oral rehydration fluids to improve demeanour and prognosis. Unfortunately, cases which are recumbent and toxic on discovery will require euthanasia on welfare grounds.

Veterinary Treatment of Sheep & Goats. Graham R. Duncanson. 2012. Accessed online 11/11/16.

 

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21st September 2016
High liver fluke risk this autumn

Farmers are warned to be proactive with liver fluke management this autumn to ensure no adverse effects to cattle performance are seen, given the high liver fluke risk this year.

Dr Andy Forbes, Control of Worms Sustainability (COWS) technical representative and honorary professor at the University of Glasgow's School of Veterinary Medicine, explains that due to the warmest winter on record for England and Wales this year, and a wet start to the summer, conditions have been ideal for the survival and development of the host snails and the free-living stages of liver fluke.

"Liver fluke is a disease that costs UK agriculture up to £300 million a year through the supply chain alone, with over 245,000 cattle livers rejected in abattoirs annually.

"However, on-farm costs are likely to be much higher than this, though sometimes less obvious, through poor performance, missed production targets and increased spend on feed and veterinary treatments.

"It's therefore vital to keep on top of the disease from both a welfare and economic perspective," he says.

He explains that liver fluke can often be subclinical in cattle, and so it can be difficult for producers to see the direct effect it has on the animal. "What they often overlook is the effect of fluke on growth rates from decreased feed intake, and a gradual loss in animal condition, resulting in extended fattening periods in youngstock and reduced milk yield in cows, which can all affect the bottom line," he adds.

"Producers need to make sure they consult with their vet or SQP to develop and implement an effective control plan to help keep on top of the disease.

"Ideally, it should take into account the COWS 5 R's, and consider both management strategies such as avoiding high risk fluke pastures this autumn, as well as anthelmintic treatment, which may be necessary now, and certainly needs to be implemented over the winter housing period.

"It is vital that your control plan is farm specific. There is no one size fits all solution to parasite control. But, working with your vet or SQP is key to liver fluke control this autumn," says Dr Forbes.

For more information on the sustainable control of cattle parasites, please visit the COWS website at: www.cattleparasites.org.uk or follow us on twitter @COWSworms.

The COWS 5 R's to the effective use of cattle wormers:

  • The right product for the type of worm
  • The right class of animal
  • The right time
  • The right dose rate
  • Administered in the right way
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19th September 2016
Nadis Parasite Forecast September

NADIS was formed in 1995 to promote animal health and welfare through better disease control and prevention. NADIS recognises this is best achieved by active veterinary health planning. Key to improving health is disease surveillance and veterinary based, animal health Knowledge Transfer, delivered to farmers by their veterinary surgeon.

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Liver Fluke Forecast

This year summer weather conditions have been such that the risk of liver fluke disease is likely to be high in Scotland and north-western regions of England, and broadly similar to the high challenge faced in 2015. The risk of liver fluke disease in 2016 may indeed be higher because it follows a year where there was a high prevalence of liver fluke disease leading to pasture contamination with eggs last winter which will have developed through the intermediate snail stage this summer to infest sheep in the autumn.

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5th July 2016
BVD Free England

BVD Free England has been launched today, on Friday 1st July. BVDFree is a national scheme that aims to achieve the eradication of Bovine Viral Diarrhoea (BVD) virus from all cattle herds in the country by 2022. The BVDFree scheme is based on achieving the elimination of BVD through identification and removal of animals persistently infected (PIs) with BVD. BVDFree will be run on a voluntary basis until most of the cattle industry is covered by the scheme. BVDFree will then look to work with Government to introduce compulsory measures.

Farmers can join the scheme by visiting the website www.bvdfree.org.uk and registering their details online. They will also find more details about BVD and how they can achieve elimination in their herd.

By joining the scheme, farmers agree to:
1. Actively engage in BVD control in order to eradicate BVD from their herd
2. Report all BVD testing results from their herd to the BVDFree database
3. Allow herd status/individual animal status to be openly accessible through the BVDFree database
4. Not to move persistently infected (PI) animals other than directly to slaughter (or through a dedicated red meat slaughter market)


 

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